A Lancaster leisure centre has said it will not be replacing its lockers to accept the new £1 coin which is being rolled out across the country.
The new 12-sided £1 coin has been produced to curb the rise of counterfeits as one in 40 originals are thought to be fake. Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, run by Lancaster City Council, will keep its existing lockers, which currently accept the old coin, and sell trolley tokens for locker-users instead.
“We will be keeping our existing lockers and any new lockers we may get in the future will accept the new £1 coin,” said a spokesman at Lancaster City Council.
“We will be selling trolley coins in the centre which can be used in the lockers. Our vending machines are provided by third parties and these will be adapted to accept the new coins.”
The Royal Mint has produced 1.5 billion of the new coins which will be distributed to banks and retailers over the next six months. Around four million new pound coins are being produced each day.
Lancaster City Council have said their car parking ticket machines have been converted to accept the new coins. Sainsbury’s supermarket which has stores in Lancaster and Morecambe will accept the new and old £1 coins at their self-service checkouts and on trolleys.
“Our trolleys and self-service checkouts will accept the new and old £1 coins, with our trolleys also accepting the tokens used to resemble them. The trolley locks have been adapted to accept both,” said a Sainsbury’s spokesman.
The £1 coin boasts a number of features designed to make it more difficult to counterfeit. This includes a hidden high security feature built into the coin as well as micro-sized lettering inside both rims.
There is also a hologram-like image that changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number ‘1’ when the coin is seen from different angles.
The old coin will remain legal tender until October 15 this year, after which shops do not have to accept it. But, people will still be able to return old coins to the bank after this.